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South Haven Engagement Photos

Engagement Photos “E-Session” in South Haven Lake Michigan Beach.

One of the absolute gems living in Michigan is, of course, shooting engagement photos on Lake Michigan.  South Haven is one of the beauties and we were lucky to join David and Kristie for a late autumn shoot downtown and by the South Haven Pier.

Engagement photos on the beach.

Engagement photos in the cold on the bluff in South Haven on Lake Michigan.

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Engaged!  Creating your “save the date” photos in South Haven on the pier over Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan Engagement Pictures

When the wind is blowing off the lake sometimes you just need to “turn around” to spare the bride from her own hair.  Here’s an angle I LOVED with the lake behind me!

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If you’re a fan of Lake Michigan and looking for a place to do your wedding photography or engagement pictures, let us help you plan locations and discuss ideas.  We love working with adventurous spirits like our’s and would love to help you get beautiful wedding photography!

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It’s always nice to have a theme to play with on a photo shoot even if it’s for a fast and short one.  We took a run out to Lubber’s Field / Laker Stadium at Grand Valley State University / GVSU in Allendale Michigan to do some fun shots with Kelsey and Ryan in October.

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Fun with football

We had fun with football photos late one chilly evening.

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Engagement photos at Lubber’s Laker Stadium in Allendale Michigan for GVSU Football.

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We had a lot of fun, just as we always do, running around on a field but it’s always more fun when it’s the “home team”. Allendale has changed SO much since I moved away at age 15 but we still get nostalgic driving around GVSU.

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It’s always so exciting when someone asks you to shoot their engagement proposal.  The few times we’ve done it have been very different but always high anticipation and fun.  When Jamie asked me to act as a tourist until he popped the question we were approached by many of the excited patrons exploring the newly opened Japanese Gardens at Frederick Meijer Gardens.  They ended up in a challenging location which required some split second changes that still told a great story in photographs.

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The Japanese Gardens at Frederick Meijer Gardens

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The Japanese Gardens at Frederick Meijer Gardens

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After Jamie popped the question and revealed that I wasn’t just some guy photographing plants, they went out to get a surprise congratulations from their families who both came from out of state to celebrate Art Prize and this big surprise!

With such a big occasion we did some fast family photos and then played around in the gardens for a little while.

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If not for Elegant Events Planner and Design by Nicole, Jamie could’ve never pulled this off!  If you want a magical playground for such an occasion or are planning a wedding and reception, contact us along with Elegant Events and Annemarie at Frederick Meijer Gardens!

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Within the beautiful history of South Bend Indiana is the obvious Notre Dame locations but not nearly as many have been let into the unique places across the street.  We were lucky that Francesca and John chose to have their ceremony at LeMans Hall Holy Spirit Chapel at Saint Mary’s College.

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Holy Spirit Chapel in LeMans Hall at Saint Mary’s College

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An intimate celebration at Holy Spirit Chapel in LeMans Hall at Saint Mary’s College

Small chapel, big feel!

It feels like a HUGE Basilica as the ceremony is ending but you’re reminded you’re inside LeMans Hall on the beautiful campus of Saint Mary’s College.

After the ceremony, there is no better place to go than a few feet outside the door.  Saint Mary’s College, like it’s relative across the street, has some of the most gorgeous gardens in the midwest!

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Wedding Photography at Saint Mary’s College.

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Step out of your ceremony and into a Monet painting at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana!

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The bridge just outside LeMans Hall is perfect for big groups.

After you cross the bridge, head over to some of the great architecture for some photos!

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Wedding Photography at Saint Mary’s College.

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Step out of your ceremony and into a Monet painting at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana!

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The bridge just outside LeMans Hall is perfect for big groups.

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Cool architecture is perfect for full groups like John and Francesca’s!

A beautiful day for a wedding.

The weather was really “looking up”! What was once a dreary day quickly became perfect for photos.

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Francesca was breathtaking in her beautiful classic lace dress

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The couple at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend Notre Dame Indiana

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Classic group photos work well at Saint Mary’s College.

See more of the photos we’ve done with John and Francesca at their wedding reception at the Palais Royale in South Bend.  We were happy to shoot this wedding with Ben Pancoast.

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If you’re planning your wedding in South Bend Indiana there’s no more perfect place than the Palais Royale located at the Morris Performing Arts Center.  Every detail can be polished to perfection with beautiful lighting to highlight all your planning.

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From cakes to flowers, lights and tables to music and linens the Palais Royale does it right!

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The Palais Royale in South Bend has magnificent architecture for receptions and parties!

We worked with Ben Pancoast Photography on this gorgeous wedding to ensure we’d get all the details between the two of us.

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Before John and Francesca were announced, we snuck a couple quick shots upstairs!

Announcing the bride and groom in style!

This is how to do it in style, the bride and groom approach the balcony and the spot lights turn on!

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The elegant details on the ceiling of the Palais Royale really pop as you enter the room.

Professionally lit toasts!

When we enter a reception we always try to give pleasing and dramatic light to make everyone look like a star!

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The First Dance at the Palais Royale.

Wedding Receptions at the Palais Royale.

Important moments shouldn’t get missed!

Did we forget the entertainment?  Heck no!  No one brings the professionalism to rock the house quite like the UpBeat Orchestra  lead by Michael Cascio!  There song list is long and thorough which covers any style for any part of the reception ranging from the first dance to the packed dance floor!

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The UpBeat Orchestra rocking the house…in style!

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UpBeat Orchestra nailed it!

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Live music by the UpBeat Orchestra made you feel like it could be recorded yet felt as lively as the real band.

John serenades Francesca

There’s nothing like the band making space for the groom while he sings to his bride!

See more from John and Francesca’s South Bend Wedding at the Holy Spirit Chapel in LeMans Hall at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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